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I have said before that I am not always comfortable talking a lot about my child here. That said, my moments of contentment have been few and far between lately, but I noticed this morning just how fulfilled I am when I am with my daughter.
She is bright, clever, funny, and caring. I love seeing the world through her eyes I also love the person that I am with her. I am proud of the guidance and care that I provide as well as how I nurture her.
After she was born, I started singing snippets of pop songs that came into my head based on whatever was going on around us. Now she remembers the lyrics to some and sings them herself. My favorite is when, out of nowhere, she sings, “Goodbye to Rosie, the queen of Corona!”
Watching the waves on the beach. Being among the trees, and at this point, watching the leaves create a blanket in my backyard. Listening to favorite songs, which at this time of year may include a lot of Christmas music. Reading a good book while having morning coffee. Being with my family any time, and especially when we can all gather together for a holiday or other celebration.
The moments I feel most content are when contemplating a labyrinth walk or during moments like these, sharing our thoughts, meditating on peace, and being renewed in faith. Thank you.
O I am content when walking my dog in the park and watching a beautiful sunset
I am content when I can remember that “What is IS.” I am content when I remember not to turn a situation into a problem. I am content when I accept and give thanks for the things I can still do not the things I can no longer do. Today’s quote says it well. “We don’t know what life will bring, so it is what we bring to life that matters.” In his book, “A Path with Heart, Buddhist Jack Kornfield says it is helpful to ask ourselves, “What do I know for sure any way?” When I can do that, I find myself open to what I can do in the present moment. It reminds me that Here and Now is the gift that always affords me opportunity.
So many sources of contentment – that’s wonderful, Carol – thanks 💓💓
Being in stillness with the sounds of silence ……..
It is in this moment, that I feel content.
I am so Blessed to be content where I live…My home and our land is a sanctuary for me. I live in a very rural area and all around me is nature, Trees, wildlife, a small stream…and openess. I awake in the mornings ad see trees…now the leaves are all raining down. I am content when all in my house are safe and warm and happy. My home consists of my husband and my two cats and my dog. Having my morning tea in my bed while I read all of your thoughtful reflections…each bringing to me something new to think about and be grateful for in my own life. I am most grateful for having a loving husband and a home that is loving and peaceful. My home and husband and my animals are all I need to be content and happy. Thank you all for being here and sharing your lives. For that I am very grateful. God Bless.
I have a hard time keeping everything up these days so I very tired at the end of the day. I seem to get to bed earlier because I am out of energy. But there are usually a few minutes then when I take time to read before turning out the light. That reading time is a real blessing. I am grateful for it if it is 5 minutes or half an hour.
The other time I am content is after getting groceries and doing errands when I am home safe after the noise, speed, and aggressive driving in the world these days. I am so thankful and content to have made it home safe.
Thinking of you, Rabbit…I agree that the speed and aggressive driving takes the joy out of getting out to run a few simple errands. Take time for yourself…rest when you need to…and take time during your day if you can to sit and read for a bit if that gives you happiness. Wishing you peace and happiness.
With my cat on my lap, early morning tea, time alone at home, when I’m at my favourite vegan restaurant with my partner, when I take a bath, when I read on the couch (with my cats around me, obviously), when I go to bed after a long day, when I read all of your reflections!
I stop here because I could go on for a long time but I have to go to work. Great question, it made my morning better! Thank you!
Hurray for cats, the enforcers of contentment! Who cannot be content with a warm furry ball purring on their lap? (Rhetorical question for cat lovers only. 😉 If you dislike cats this will not work for you).
yesssss, so true! ??
I wonder if my cat will ever sit on my lap – but I love having him come into my bed in the morning and purring and purring while I pet him and he kneads me and the covers. 💓💓Mine is still a new home for him after his 8 yrs in the condo down the hall.
I feel content when I know my needs are met. Meaning my cup is full, not empty. I cannot pour from an empty cup.
I believe this is saying something about self care right? That is not a strong point for me.
Yes, we’re not taught to care for ourselves, are we, Rabbit? – and yet that is so important 💓💓[I copied these from gmail and am just pasting and pasting them this morn 🙂 ]
The hearts? You will be proud of me. I just made an appointment for a second opinion for the open heart surgery. I am a tiger looking out for my husband, not so much myself. I suspect it will just be reinforcing that what I am doing is ok but that will be helpful.
In the quiet of the morning before the responsibilities of the day kick in; being in nature; burrowing in fresh cotton or flannel sheets; times with family.
When stillness is arising in meditation, when accompanying friends or dear people, when cooking together, sharing a meal, a walk in nature, when singing or playing music, when creativity flows.
Helping others, travel, spending time with my children, friends and my son’s dog Stanley (He is a sweetheart!). Being near the ocean, sailing, biking, hiking and listening to celtic music. Learning something new. Having a roof over my head and food to eat. Not possibly struggling with too many problems.
Now in the quiet of the morning with my first cup of tea.
After a long walk.
Before I eat a meal.
Hearing my children’s voices.
On the other side of a personal struggle or difficult time.
I especially like that last line but at our ages there isn’t much time, or none, between one and the next. I guess I have to be thankful to have strength to try to tackle them.
I’m always content when spending time with my children and grandchildren……pure joy.
My practice of gratitude, mindfulness, awareness and being in the present has gives me contentment.
Coffee in the dark before dawn.
The sounds of water.
All the sounds of the natural world.
The stars out here unimpeded by mankind’s obsession of artificial night lighting.
The aging process even though the miles can be felt.
Being in the loving embrace of my wife.
The voices of my children and grandchildren.
A crisp fall day and sitting by the wood stove when chilled.
A fine supper at the end of the day.
Joseph, ” My practice of gratitude, mindfulness, awareness and being in the present has gives me contentment.” Your opening statement says it all. It is my thought that our willingness to grow in awareness is our only job and the only hope for our species. It offers us eyes to see and ears to hear so we may be healed. It’s evolutionary.
Also, I chuckled when you mentioned “sitting by the wood stove when chilled.” It made me think of my late husband’s grandfather. He lived in the Ozark mountains in his elderly years. When he could no longer live alone, my father-in-law moved him into town into a house with central heat. Grandpa kept telling Pops, “It’s cold in here.” Pops kept turning up the furnace until the thermostat was reading 90 degrees. Grandpa still said he was cold. Pop said, “You can’t be!” Grandpa shot back, “THERE’S NOTHING TO WARM BY!” He missed his wood stove.
When we to west central Louisiana from the city of New Orleans, LA when my children were small and lived on 20 acres in a small cottage surrounded by woods. We did have a 10 acre hay field and 2 small ponds. We heated the 1940s farm house with space heaters to warm by. We refused to have a yard light. We wanted to see the stars at night. Reading your post has taken me back to those days. Thank you.
Thank you, Carol – indeed a wood stove is ‘warming’ – as are space heaters! We had both in our house in Yogaville VA 💓💓
Listening, watching and sitting still by the ocean.
Rowing with my team at sunrise.
Sitting silently in our Quaker meetinghouse.
In bed, asleep, alongside my wife.
Living on the prairies I so miss the ocean. There is a big lake 2 hours’ drive away and it is not a bad substitute for an ocean. Just like you I can sit by it listening to the waves lap at the rocky shores, watching waterfowl glide along, bobbing on the waves and diving into the cool water. It is a very peaceful scenery filling me with peace, awe and contentment. Life is good at the water’s edge.
Silly me, dragonfly – I loved the Eastern woods and tried to remind myself that the Pacific Ocean was also nice, as I walked along the shore at night 💓💓
Every time you mention rowing, I think of a book that I recently read. It is: Lessons in Chemistry
by Bonnie Garmus.
Good heavens, Rabbit – I was a chem major long long ago – that book ‘has my name on it’, doesn’t it? 💓💓
It does! It has a lot to say about how women were treated in the workplace in the 50s and 60s and I think she might have seen some parallels now or had a fear of them in the future prompting her to write this book. That is just my thinking though, I could be way off on that. Sometimes we see what we want to see or what our experiences have been.
Behind my piano.
Dear Christine, I hear you and your answer brings me joy and contentment. Music is the universal language.
I am reading “The Violin Conspiracy” by Brenden Slocum. It also has a play list on You Tube to go with it.
My passion is accompanying singers and melody instruments. How I would love to hear you sing next to my piano. I think we would make music heart to heart 😍💕 .
coming home after work
time spent with my family
These moments early in the morning when the rest of my house is sleeping. I get up very early and meditate, setting myself up for the day, and I appreciate the quiet time and practice.
There are also the moments with my husband… whether we’re sitting at the table with a beautiful plate of food, on the couch relaxing, or out walking with the dog. Just being together, really, makes me feel content.
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